cytokinesis

noun
cy·​to·​ki·​ne·​sis | \ˌsī-tō-kə-ˈnē-səs, -kī-\

Definition of cytokinesis 

1 : the cytoplasmic changes accompanying mitosis

2 : cleavage of the cytoplasm into daughter cells following nuclear division

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from cytokinesis

cytokinetic \ ˌsī-​tō-​kə-​ˈne-​tik , -​kī-​ \ adjective

Examples of cytokinesis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Explore photosynthesis, osmosis, nitrogen fixation, and other life processes • Investigate the cell cycle (mitosis and cytokinesis) • Bruce Sterling, WIRED, "No Lectures. All Lab.," 28 Apr. 2012

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cytokinesis.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of cytokinesis

1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cytokinesis

New Latin

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cytokinesis

Share cytokinesis

Statistics for cytokinesis

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for cytokinesis

The first known use of cytokinesis was in 1898

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for cytokinesis

cytokinesis

noun
cy·​to·​ki·​ne·​sis | \ˌsīt-ō-kə-ˈnē-səs, -kī- \
plural cytokineses\ -​ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of cytokinesis 

1 : the cytoplasmic changes accompanying mitosis

2 : cleavage of the cytoplasm into daughter cells following nuclear division — compare karyokinesis

Other Words from cytokinesis

cytokinetic \ -​ˈnet-​ik \ adjective

More from Merriam-Webster on cytokinesis

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about cytokinesis

Comments on cytokinesis

What made you want to look up cytokinesis? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a trusted follower

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!